In biggest setback yet, the Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to seven years of prison under both Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Corruption Acts.
Both the sentences will have to be served consecutively, said the Special CBI court of Justice Shivpal Singh in Ranchi.
This implies that the leader has been convicted total of 14 years of jail and ₹60 lakh fine.
Though his lawyers have said that they would appeal against the verdict, this is the maximum punishment given to Prasad in the fodder scam cases so far.
This is the fourth case relating to the fodder scam, for the fraudulent withdrawal of ₹3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury.